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Bruce Edgar Cowie

Male 1938 - 2001  (63 years)

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  • Name Bruce Edgar Cowie 
    Born 6 Mar 1938 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation broadcaster 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-82966 
    Died 7 Sep 2001  Calgary, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I82966  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2023 

  • Notes 
    • Cowie, Bruce (1938- )

      Bruce Cowie began his broadcasting career in 1953 in radio with CKOM Saskatoon, from which he made the switch to television in Regina to CKCK-TV. He became general manager of CKCK-TV in 1968.

      Following the sale of the station to Baton, Bruce accepted the invitation of Electrohome Limited of Kitchener to move to Edmonton to head-up CFRN-TV, which the company was successful in buying from Dick Rice.

      When Bill McGregor retired, Bruce was appointed President and COO of Electrohome's broadcast group, which included CKCO-TV Kitchener and CFRN-TV.

      Next, it was off to Toronto as the television assets of Electrohome were folded into Baton Broadcasting. As the CAB delegate, he served as President of the North American Broadcasters' Association.

      In due course, Calgary became the home of the Cowie family, with Bruce deeply involved in several aspects of Canadian broadcasting, including the Vice-Presidency of Harvard Broadcasting based in Regina. Earlier in his career, he was deeply into the Queen City's community and civic scenes and was elected as an Alderman, in addition to serving on a number of boards and committees.

      He has served as chair of the CAB Board of Directors, and as the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters and of the Western Association of Broadcasters, of which he was named a Life Member, as well as being acclaimed by the WAB (in 1981) as "The Broadcaster of the Year". Other presidencies included the Saskatchewan Horse Association, the Roughriders Football Club and the Senate of Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

      In 2001, Bruce Cowie was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.

      Written by J. Lyman Potts - October, 2001

      "Cowie, Bruce | History Of Canadian Broadcasting". 2021. Broadcasting-History.Ca. https://www.broadcasting-history.ca/personalities/cowie-bruce.


      Bruce Edgar Cowie
      March 6, 1938 - September 7, 2021

      It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bruce Edgar Cowie, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather aka Double Papa.

      Bruce passed away September 7th, 2021 at the Chinook Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The son of Scottish immigrants Louis Leroy Cowie and Janet Agnes Anderson, Bruce was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, one of six children. Bruce moved to Saskatoon and began his broadcasting career at age 15, that spanned over 50 years.

      Bruce leaves behind his wife Marlene of 63 years, son Cameron Bruce Cowie (Kathy) and their 4 children, Caylin, Kelsey, Matthew and Mitchell. Daughter Caron Dawn Fram (John) and their 2 children Justin and Macinly.

      Bruce also leaves behind 4 great grandchildren Ava Violet, Ashlyn Poppy, Cameron Elizabeth and Fredrik Bruce, brother Jim Cowie and Sister Janette McLaughlin.

      A Scot's Farewell
      When I come to the end of the road
      And the sun has set for me
      I want no tears in a gloom filled room
      Why cry for a soul set free.
      Miss me a little but not for long
      And not with your head bowed low
      Remember the love that we once shared
      Miss me but let me go

      "Remembering The Life Of Bruce Cowie 1938 - 2021". 2021. Calgaryherald.Remembering.Ca. https://calgaryherald.remembering.ca/obituary/bruce-cowie-1083239223?fbclid=IwAR3U1fP7Utoi8XGf5o7fjtnx3Ea815gvbMv1bObHFfjX3pQ9v812C3ohpjc.

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